Local student gets scholarship

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Georgia Power announced last week that Charles Austin has been selected to receive a $2,500 scholarship from the company.

He is one of 21 deserving students statewide who were selected from nearly 170 applicants for a scholarship based on academic achievement, leadership, character, integrity and school and community activities.

Austin currently attends the Georgia Institute of Technology where he majors in engineering. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue an advanced degree.

“I’ve always been interested in engineering. I enjoy math and science and want to do something where I can use my problem solving skills,” said Austin. “The scholarship is important because it makes college a little more affordable and helped me get to go where I wanted to go.”

The Georgia Power Scholarship Program was created by former Georgia Power and Southern Company President and CEO Bill Dahlberg and has provided scholarships for more than 25 years. Scholarships are available to dependents of all permanent, full-time Georgia Power employees and retirees and Georgia Power has awarded more than $1,162,500 in scholarships since its inception.

The internal scholarship program is just one of the ways Georgia Power supports education. The company is also able to give back to communities through the annual New Teacher Assistance Grants, the company’s Learning Power program for K-12 teachers and students, workforce development activities, as well as supporting the work of organizations such as Junior Achievement. For more information about how the company is playing a role in the advancement of education and building the highly skilled workforce of tomorrow, visit www.georgiapower.com/community.